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BT takes Google to court over alleged mobile patent infringements

UK telecommunications giant, BT, is to take on the equally powerful media titan, Google, in a legal challenge over alleged patent infringements pertaining to Google’s Android mobile phone services.

In its submission, BT claims that many of the services offered via Android, including Google Maps, Google+, and Google Music, are all ‘inventions’ created by BT that Google is:

‘continuing to benefit from…without authorisation’

Google has responded by describing BT’s claims as ‘groundless’ and vowing to ‘vigorously defend’ itself against them.

BT’s case against Google is understood to be based on an infringement of six separate patents in total; namely those related to: the storage of customer data; the accessing of data via WiFi; the provision of services via user preferences; the generation of different maps according to the mode of transport employed; and the provision of information based on a user’s location.

BT’s suit is understood to request that the case be heard by a jury. The amount of damages sought by BT is unspecified.

Google is no stranger to such patent infringement claims, having previously had to defend itself against action by Apple, Microsoft, eBay, and Oracle.

This is also not the first occasion that BT, which is believed to hold in the region of 5,600 patents, has felt itself forced to take court action over alleged patent infringements.

Its most recent action was against US cable firm, Cox Communications Inc. regarding alleged infringements of data transmission patents; a case believed unlikely to be heard in court until at least 2014.

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